Security guard arrested for assault after pushing transgender woman from women's restroom
WASHINGTON (WJLA) The signage outside the Giant grocery store on H St. in Northeast Washington says "welcome." But it's alleged that a security guard working here did not think a transgender woman was welcome to use the ladies room.
WJLA has confirmed that a transgender woman tried to use the women's bathroom there around noon Monday.
Sources say a security guard is accused of pushing the transgender woman from the bathroom area to the store's exit. It's also alleged the security guard directed a homophobic slur at the transgender woman.
Tony Pixley witnessed the incident.
Pixley says, "The guy and the girl, the transgender, getting into it and throwing stuff and pushed the girl out the store and they went back and forth."
Connie Council shops at the grocery store often.
Council says, "I didn't think that it would be so hostile here because I know what's going on in North Carolina, so I'm really shocked."
What happened in North Carolina has made this a headline grabbing issue. Lawmakers there passed a law mandating transgender people use the bathroom that corresponds with the gender on their birth certificate.
Shopper Deana Chisholm lives in North Carolina and supports the new law.
Chisholm says, "If you was born a man go to the men's bathroom. You got a penis go to the men's bathroom. If you are born a woman go to the woman's bathroom. Period!"
D.C. Police confirm the security guard was arrested and charged with simple assault.
WJLA tried to reach the security guard for comment but she was not home.
A spokesperson for Giant provided this statement:
"As this matter involves a third party that provides security services for Giant and there's an ongoing criminal investigation, all inquiries related to the incident at the H Street Giant should be directed to the local police for a comment at this time."
Ebony, the transgender woman, did speak with one of our reporter via telephone.
She told us that "the woman had no reason to put her hands on me."
And says that she was emotionally hurt after today's incident.
"I'm hurt by this. It's terrible... I'm distraught," she added.
"People should not be discriminated based on their gender identity."